LACONIA — The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm at LakeFest 2013 were palpable – that's why NH LAKES is thrilled to announce LakeFest 2014 will return to Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia on August 3, 2014.
LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of 2013's hundreds of paddlers intend to return in 2014, with plans already underway to recruit additional family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in order to successfully seize that Guinness gold for NH. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival is expanding, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more.
In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the new Clean, Drain & Dry! protocol to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
LakeFest 2013 attendees displayed a fun-loving competitive streak, with Facebook commenters observing:
"We had a great time. Next year we will beat that record!!!"
"What a wonderful and rare opportunity to kayak this lake which is usually overrun by tons of loud, fast moving boats. It was surreal."
"Had a blast....we will definitely be there again next year!"
"Everyone I spoke with thought it awesome and look forward to setting a new record next year!!"
LakeFest 2014 planners are already hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays, bigger vendor assortment, and much more.
Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.